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Metal-Based Drugs
Volume 4 (1997), Issue 1, Pages 39-41

Distribution of Rhodium in Mice Submitted to Treatment With the Adduct of Rhodium Propionate and Sodium Isonicotinate

1Instituto de Química, USP, C.P. 26.077, São Paulo 05599-970, SP, Brazil
2Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas, USP, C.P. 66.208, São Paulo 05383-970, SP, Brazil

Received 5 December 1996; Accepted 7 January 1997

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The distribution of rhodium in Balb/c mice following intraperitoneal (ip) administration of a solution of adduct of rhodium propionate and sodium isonicotinate has been investigated. The metal concentration was determined in blood and in the following organ tissues: brain, heart, lung, liver, spleen, kidney, testes, and uterus/ovary, and the rhodium concentration was obtained by Inductively Coupled Argon Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES). The metal was detected in all organ tissues examined, mainly in spleen, liver, uterus/ovary and heart. Nine days after the injection, traces of rhodium were found in the liver and kidneys and, twenty days after the injection, only in the liver.